Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

Hastings: Man stabbed four times while walking home in Flaxmere tried to run from attacker

A man brutally attacked while walked home in Flaxmere says he felt a blow on his neck and ran and fell, not realising he had been stabbed.

The man was then stabbed three more times on the back before he was able to get up and run again to an area with houses, where his calls for help were answered.

Police and the man’s family are now appealing for help to find the alleged attacker behind the stabbing, which occured bout 5am on Saturday on Chatham Rd, near Chatham Park.

The victim, a man in his 20s, told Hawke’s Bay Today he was walking home from a nightclub at the time.

“I’m not too sure where he came from [the attacker], I just remembered seeing him by a truck and felt myself being hit,” he said.

“I didn’t realise I was stabbed but I ran and fell – I think that’s when he stabbed my back up.”

After a man came out to help him he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and has undergone surgery for what police described as “small” stab wounds.

He is recovering well and was in a stable condition on Sunday in hospital.

“I’m doing well,” he said.

“I have three stab wounds in my back which got stitched up and one in my neck [which] I had to go to theatre for as it was bleeding internally.”

Police said they were asking for the public’s help to identify the alleged attacker described as a skinny male in his early 20s, about 182cm tall, with short hair and wearing a light-coloured top.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the Chatham Rd area, particularly between Margate Ave and Omahu Rd, early on Saturday morning and may have information that could assist.”

You can call police on 105 and quote file number 211009/3633.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

The victim’s mother urged anyone, in an appeal on Facebook, to contact police if they had any information about the attack.

“We need this to stop. This is happening too much,” she said.

“My son is only 27 years old and this is just terrible.”

Another family member also posted on Facebook and said there was a party near where the victim was found, and appealed anyone at the party who may have information to come forward.

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